My quest to find a more awesome ramen joint than Santouka always disappoints. I swear Santouka must use MSG in their broth. It’s just way too tasty. Somehow that’s where every other places seems to fall short. The Rock Dweller accompanied me here. Usually when we dine together, it’s difficult to pay attention to the food because we are usually talking each other’s heads off and get so distracted. So it was quite out of the ordinary, when it was the food itself that was distracting me from the conversation, and not in a good way!
Yamadaya Ramen 3 kinds of chashu, dried seaweed, egg
So the ramen here isn’t actually that bad. The noodles were pretty standard. The broth was fatty, salty, the usual. Definitely not as tasty as Santouka. But man oh man, they served me old ass chasu! Like it had that old refrigerated made who knows how many days ago “aged” taste. It was not pleasant.
The chicken wasn’t old tasting fortunately. It was actually juicy, seasoned and fried well. Was it the best kara-age I’ve ever had? No, not really, but it hit the spot.
Would I go back to Ramen Yamadaya after they served me “too many days old chasu?” I am a forgiving eater, so probably yes, but only if someone wanted to go here. Heck, I’ve been back to places where I’ve had food poisoning. For the time being, let’s just say good ole food court ramen at Santouka still has my heart.